Rough draft: Sugrue/Cowie
The question for Paper #2 is Using Cowie and Sugrue as your guides, explain which concept was more important for understanding American history after 1945: Race or class? Explain.
Class is by far the most important for understanding American history. Class versus race has and will always be a highly debated topic. It is clear however, that class has contributed the bigger impact which is presented in the books Stayin’ Alive written Jefferson Cowie and Origins of Urban Crisis by Thomas Sugrue. The three presented reasons for this are political suppression, real estate prejudice by the wealthy, and the declination of unions. Each of these is evident throughout the timelines of these books. Some questions to keep in mind as the main question is answered are, “How big of an impact did this reason have?” and “Was this more racially based or economically based?”